UWS steam line project impacts roads, sidewalks on campusAn extensive campus steam line repair/replacement summer project continues at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, closing roads and sidewalks.
An extensive campus steam line repair/replacement summer project continues at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, closing roads and sidewalks.
Currently the contactor has Catlin Ave closed between 16th and 19th streets due to trenching across Catlin Ave.
People can still get around campus by using bordering streets — North 16th and 19th streets, Weeks Avenue and Mortorelli Drive. However, the latest road closure, as of Thursday July 11, is at Catlin Ave. and Faxon Street near Hawkes Hall. University officials recommend using Lamborn Avenue. to get between 28th and 21st streets, and following contractor posted detour signs for best routing.
This project consists of excavating portions of existing underground campus steam lines damaged by the June 2012 campus flood. This project is necessary to correct damaged pipe and insulation due to the steam line vaults being totally flooded during the June flood. To complete the project additional steam lines will be repaired in two phases: summer of 2013 and summer of 2014. These repairs will result in increased longevity, higher grade insulation, waterproofing and increased energy efficiencies.
There will be three (3) main campus locations for this project.
Steam line replacement from the Halbert heating plant west along Faxon Street to the southwest corner of Faxon Street. and Catlin Ave (Hawkes Hall)
2. Steam line repair from the west side of Marcovich Wellness Center across Catlin Ave to Holden Fine Arts Center along the north side of arts center toward the Jim Dan Hill Library.
3. Steam line repairs from the front of Crownhart Hall south along Catlin Ave, west across Catlin Ave to Barstow Hall with road and sidewalk closures.
This project will create three road closures along Catlin Ave at certain points of construction. One will be between Crownhart and CMO, a second will be between MWC and HFAC, and the third will be at the intersection of Catlin Ave and Faxon Street near Hawkes Hall.
These closures will provide detour routes for vehicles. Some limitations will be set on these closures to accommodate school bus traffic and other peak vehicle times. The Duluth Transit Authority will temporarily reroute Catlin Ave bus traffic during construction and will publish alternate routes.
Several sidewalks will be closed to pedestrian traffic in and near the construction sites. Alternative pedestrian routes will be open to allow access to all campus buildings.